Family of Qld couple 'forever heartbroken'

Nick Gibbs and Marty Silk
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The families of the Brisbane couple killed while walking their dogs on Australia Day have spoken of the grief in knowing they will never experience the birth of their baby boy.

Kate Leadbetter was pregnant when she and her partner Matt Field were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills.

"Our lives have been shattered," the families said a video statement released by Queensland Police on Friday.

"To have lost three cherished members of our families in such a senseless and sudden way is beyond our comprehension.

"We are grief-stricken that they never got to experience the birth of their baby boy, who we discovered in recent weeks was to be named Miles."

The couple had built a nursery for Miles "with love and anticipation", they said.

"All children are precious and wonderful in the eyes of their families, but Matt and Kate were truly great human beings, talented and funny and such good company at the happiest point in their lives, about to embark on the thrilling adventure of parenthood," the relatives said.

"We were so looking forward to sharing that adventure with them. Kate, Matt and little Miles, we love you, we miss you, we are forever heartbroken."

The families thanked emergency services, witnesses, and those who left flowers, attended vigils and looked for the couple's lost dog Frankie for their love and support.

Police are awaiting legal advice on whether they can also charge the 17-year-old accused of murdering the Brisbane couple over the death of their unborn child.

"The investigation is continuing. We are getting some legal advice and we'll make a decision on that soon," Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll told reporters on Friday.

Ms Carroll said the teen had been on bail for a traffic matter at the time of the crash.

However, she said criminal matters involving him had previously been dealt with.

"There was a traffic matter that the bail was related to, a traffic matter where people would not normally, well actually, would not be remanded for," she said.

She said officers were also looking at the teen's history.

Police allege he ran a red light and deliberately collided with a truck at an intersection before the 4WD rolled and ploughed into the couple who were crossing the road.

He has been remanded to reappear in court by video link in March.